Navaratri Festival recipes play an important part in making the Dasara /
Navaratri festival more enjoyable. Navaratri / Dussehra is celebrated
all over India in the month of October every year.
It is the tenth day in the month of 'Ashwin' according to Hindu calendar.
The festival celebration may differ in some ways in every state but the number of days remain same everywhere.
Navarathri (nav - nine + rathri - night) is a nine day festival and the tenth day is known as Vijayadashami (dasha / Das = ten).
In Karnataka state -
Dasara is celebrated as "Nadhabba' (means State festival) for
ten days. The old capital of Karnataka, Mysore city palace is
illuminated all the ten days.
There are cultural programs, music and dance festivals, theater and movie festivals, food festivals, exhibitions are very interesting parts of navaratri and dasara festival.
The whole city of Mysore wears a festive look and there are visitors from other states of India. Many foreigners visit Mysore during this time. Hotels and lodges are full.
The tenth day, the Vijayadashmi day, there is a procession which is witnessed by lakhs of people. Now a days, this procession is shown live on the TV too.
Homes are decorated. Many houses keep 'Golu', a stepped arrangement of dolls for 10 days. Everyday a different item is prepared and distributed to the visitors who come to see the 'golu.'
When we mention a festival, the food associated with that festival comes to mind immediately. Our childhood memories link these foods to the specific festivals. We eagerly wait for that favorite festival to arrive so that we can enjoy those foods in that particular atmosphere.
Of course now a day, you can have any food at any time. But having a particular festival food during the festival itself has a special charm.
Most festival recipes use the ingredients easily available in that particular season and therefore are also healthy for you.
Indian festival food is varied and because of the diversity of the regions, customs the variety is endless. The sweets
, the namkeens(savories) are so mouth watering, it is difficult to resist them.
Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.
- Made in Karnataka and other south Indian states. Served as a prasad too.
A festive kheer / payasa recipe from Karnataka
In addition to these, you also have many more festival sweets as well as savories as given below.
Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Quick and easy to make. Keeps for long.
Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom.
Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold.
Sweet rice pudding recipe made on Narali Poornima day in Maharashtra, North Karnataka.
Vegetable samosa is usually made with potatoes and peas. You may also add some carrot.
Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa